Dean Ruck

June 2009

Douglas Britt from the Houston Chronicle writes about Dean Ruck’s current exhibition:

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Dean Ruck

Another former Core Fellow, Dean Ruck, is known for his architectural “interventions,” performed in collaboration with Dan Havel, on houses slated for demolition. A small show at Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery features sculptures Ruck made by gluing together laminated plywood sheets into 8-by-8-inch cubes or larger, elongated ovoid forms, then carving into them with a grinder, drills and a welding torch before “cleaning” the charred surfaces with wire brushes and Dremel tools.

“They come from my travels and connection to the landscape and nature, in a general sense, but also from my exploration of things via a microscope, or looking at the images from the Hubble telescope, or even things like dental root canals and skin disorder,” Ruck says.

You can see all that in these gorgeous works, as well as part of the sensibility that goes into the surgeries he and Havel perform on abandoned bungalows before the wrecking ball has its way with them.”

Dean Ruck "Hoodoos" 2009

Dean Ruck "Hoodoos" 2009

We are pleased to announce an exhibition of new sculpture by Dean Ruck opening May 16th.

Ruck has collaborated on projects with Dan Havel on projects including Inversion pictured below; their work may be viewed currently at the Architecture Center Houston Architectural Euthanasia and at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston in the upcoming No Zoning: Artists Engage Houston opening Friday May 8th.

Click here to link to a Houston Chronicle review of Architectural Euthanasia.

Dean Ruck and Dan Havel Inversion

Dean Ruck and Dan Havel Inversion